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On Yemen, As Ban Pushes Fishy Envoy, No Financial Disclosure

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, April 23 -- Two days after Saudi Arabia said it was ending its campaign of airstrikes on Yemen, the other shoe dropped and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon circulated a letter to Security Council members to name Ismael Ould Cheikh Ahmed to replace Jamal Benomar as envoy.

  Three times now Inner City Press has asked the Office of the UN Spokesperson why Ould Cheikh Ahmed is not listed on Ban's webpage of public financial discloure and to say, yes or no, if he has an interest in a buseinss which received funding from the Gulf. Video here.

  Spokesman Dujarric said (again) that he'll check. But the clock is running.

 After Saudi Arabia was allowed to oust UN mediator Jamal Benomar for being insufficiently supportive of its airstrikes, the UN is being promoted, again, as an honest broker.  How so, when the UN is UNtransparently moving toward naming as a replacement mediator an individual who previously failed in Yemen, refusing to make public financial disclosure?   How weak and untransparent is today's UN?  It it apparently considering appointing as replacement envoy to Yemen a partial individual whom one side has indicated it would not speak with.


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